The race for 16th Assembly District in 2014 looks to be a heated race among local mayors, as Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti officially announced his candidacy.
Sbranti is the third official candidate to vie for the seat currently held by Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo).
Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich and Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer filed papers earlier this year to serve the district, which includes Pleasanton, Dublin and other parts of Alameda County and also parts of Contra Costa County.
Buchanan will term out in 2014.
Sbranti was first elected to the Dublin City Council in 2002, was elected mayor in 2008 and re-elected in 2010. He spent 15 years as a classroom teacher and eight years as a statewide education leader, first as political chair of the California Teachers Association and then as president of the state Transition Committee in 2010. After the work of the Transition Committee was completed, Superintendent Tom Torlakson asked Sbranti to become the President of his statewide non-profit foundation Californians Dedicated to Education.
"Some of the things I want to bring to Sacramento are the things I focused on in Dublin, which (have)included the priorities of education, job creation, transplantation and infrastructure and a balanced budget with surpluses," Sbranti said.
Sbranti worked to balance Dublin's budget without making major cuts to programs or services during the economic downturn. The city also enjoyed a budget surplus last year, earning accolades from governmental officials and local media outlets alike for successfully managing its pension obligations. He also worked with the City Council to develop several economic incentive programs, which successfully stimulated new business activity and created thousands of jobs.
A Dublin native, Sbranti has taken the lead on several community projects such as the establishment of the local farmers market and the renovation of the Shannon Community Center and Dublin Sports ground. He has also broken ground on the construction and development of several new parks projects including the Heritage Park and Museums project, the Dublin Hills Regional Park project and the Fallon Sports Park project.
"As an educator, Tim understands the challenges our schools face and the importance of education to improving our economy," said Assemblywoman Buchanan, who endorsed Sbranti. "As mayor of Dublin, Tim understands the challenges of our cities of ensuring our quality of life and attracting new businesses."
"He also understands the need to be fiscally responsible and live within our budget," she added. "His knowledge and experience will prove to be valuable assets in the Assembly."
Sbranti is also endorsed by State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), Superintendent Torlakson and Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin).
For more information about Tim Sbranti, visit http://timsbranti.com.